11 Harry Potter Behind-The-Scenes Secrets

  
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It may have taken J.K. Rowling some time before publishers saw the value in her books, but it wasn’t long after that when film producers realized how much bigger this franchise could become. Producers, the cast, and the crew had a lot of hard work set out for them in bringing the magical world of Harry Potter to the big-screen because of a large, loyal and extremely passionate fanbase with very high expectations thanks to the books. As to be expected, it was no easy to feat to do all this, and while it all came together wonderfully on-screen, there is so much that fans never knew, and never got to see. With $7.7 billion in worldwide receipts over all eight films, the Harry Potter franchise has become the second highest-grossing film series of all time. With no expense spared on the set, check out 11 behind-the-scenes secrets from the Harry Potter films!

11. Starting with Steven Spielberg

Before anything can even happen on-set or with casting, film producers have to find the perfect fit in a director whose vision will bring the film to life. This was of course extremely important for Harry Potter, and producers went straight after famed director Steven Spielberg for the job. Unfortunately Spielberg at first wanted the film adaptation to be animated and suggested American actor Haley Joel Osment provide the voice for Harry Potter. In the end, it was mutually decided Spielberg wasn’t the right fit, and Spielberg contended the whole thing was just about making money. “[It’s] like shooting ducks in a barrel. It’s just a slam dunk. It’s just like withdrawing a billion dollars and putting it into your personal bank accounts. There’s no challenge.” Meanwhile, rumors flew that it was author J.K. Rowling who had clashed with Spielberg, but on her website she wrote, “Anyone who thinks I could (or would) have ‘veto-ed’ him [Spielberg] needs their Quick-Quotes Quill serviced.”

Doane Gregory /© Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures /Courtesy Everett Collection

Doane Gregory /© Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures /Courtesy Everett Collection

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10. Director Woes

With eight films over the span of 10 years, the film franchise saw many different directors come and go, each with unique ideas and visions that had to be incorporated and sculpted to keep Harry Potter on the right track all the way through. After Chris Columbus directed the first two films, he exited claiming he was “burned out,” and became a producer while Alfonso Cuaron stepped in to direct the third film. He then stepped down, leaving the door open for Mike Newell who did the fourth film, but also declined the next. Luckily, David Yates stepped in for the last four films, and the directors always worked with each other to ensure the stories flowed properly. “Chris spent time with Alfonso, Alfonso spent time with Mike and Mike spent time with David, showing him an early cut of the film, talking through what it means to be a director and how they went about [making the films].” Despite this, Alfonso Cuaron came under serious heat when he decided to detract from the time the students spent in their school robes, and wore everyday clothes to “show their personalities.” While it ended up working out, at first word of the change, fans went up in arms in mass quantity.

(c) Warner Brothers/courtesy Everett Collection

(c) Warner Brothers/courtesy Everett Collection

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